Feb 23, 2013 6:30pm EST
: good evening. president obama has said he would be in contact with members of congress, but according to my sources here at the white house and on the hill there have been no top-level discussions today and there is no resolution in sight. bipartisan frustration. >> the uncertainty of sequestration is really harming our states and national economy. >> this is something nobody wants. it's not a balanced, thoughtful compromise. >> reporter: hope for a deal is fading but the president said today there is still time. >> these cuts don't have to happen. congress can turn them off any time with just a little compromise. >> reporter: recent polls show a majority of americans support the president's plan to avert the sequester through new taxes and spending cuts. but house republicans say they just agreed to raise taxes and this deal should be solely based on slashing spending. >> house republicans have already passed two bills to replace the president's sequester. so the question is, why won't he work with us? and the answer, quite simply, is because he wants higher taxes. >> reporter: meanw
Feb 10, 2013 6:30pm EST
during the nice weather today. lester, back to you. >>> on tuesday night, president obama will deliver the first state of union address of his second term. and despite all the attention that gun violence and immigration have been getting in recent weeks, the economy will be the president's major theme. we have more on this tonight from nbc white house correspondent peter alexander. hi, peter. >> reporter: hi, lester. good evening to you. unlike his inaugural address last month, senior advisers to the president say that his state of the union address will be more specific, more policy and agenda-oriented as the president charts out his from posed course for the next year. heading into his fifth annual address before congress tuesday night, senior administration officials say mr. obama will focus on jobs and the economy, echoing familiar themes about strengthening the nation's middle class. >> our economy grows when everybody's getting a fair shot and getting a fair shake. >> reporter: the president will emphasize the value of spending on education to give americans the skills they need.
Feb 4, 2013 6:30pm EST
. as the dow goes so often the prices at the pump. tom costello, nbc news, washington. >>> president obama took his bush for tougher gun control laws to minneapolis today. you may recall, it's a city they used to call murder-opolis. they successfully brought the homicide rate down with juvenile violent crime rates dropping sharply, as well. the president is calling on congress to pass that expansion of background checks, limits on high-capacity ammunition magazines and a ban on new assault weapons. >>> a lot of americans have read the book called "american sniper," written by former navy s.e.a.l. chris kyle, often referred to as america's best and deadliest sniper during his war-time deployments as a marine. chris kyle was killed this weekend in texas after he and a friend took a troubled fellow marine veteran for an outing at a shooting range. we get the story tonight from nbc's jim miklaszewski. >> reporter: as a navy s.e.a.l. sniper in iraq, chris kyle was so feared, the enemy called him the devil of vermonty and put an $80,000 on his head. >> tragically, it was back home where kyle and a fr